He isn’t exactly the most popular man at Ibrox, but his appointment is significant for many first-team players at the club.
And in comments in his press conference today, he kept the door open for one in particular. Was this a hint towards one of Scotland’s most recent retirees – Allan McGregor?
“The door’s open to everybody at this moment in time,” said Steve Clarke [BBC News channel live 11:51 am (21/05/19) ]. “If players are retired, they’ll have to unretire themselves. I won’t be chasing down players who’re retired.
“If a player has retired from international football, I’ll respect that decision. If they want to come back into the fold, then they’ll have to get in touch with myself or the Scottish Football Association and say that they want to make themselves available.”
Whilst he’s not knocking on Greegsy’s door, he’s certainly sending him and anyone else who’s hung up their Scotland boots a message. The door remains open for the 37-year-old stopper to come back for Scotland.
And there’s no doubt the country could use him. The likes of Celtic’s Scott Bain and Livingston’s Liam Kelly are not anywhere near the same level. McGregor showed just how valuable a player he can be against Israel in the Nations League last year.
His decision upset the national side’s coaching team at the time. But the legendary Gers stopper may well have made the decision with the intention of prolonging his Rangers career.
That said, is it something McGregor would consider given the sudden wave of optimism around the national side?
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